8 Amazing Things That Happen When You Stop Using Social Media

By | June 29th, 2016|Categories: Food for thought, Personal Development, Self-Improvement|Tags: , , , , , |

If you stop using social media, break free of the social expectations and disconnect from it, you will see some significant improvements in your life. The question of social media doing more harm than good has become a huge topic of debate in recent years. Despite its baseline purpose of connecting people and helping to [...]

Mental Health Issues Faced by Teenagers

By | March 22nd, 2015|Categories: Psychology & Health, Uncommon Science|Tags: , , , |

Teens are just as vulnerable to developing mental health disorders as adults. In fact, some mental illnesses develop in the teen years. Other conditions, considered to be “disorders” rather than mental illnesses, such as oppositional defiant disorder, may exist in the teen alongside such illnesses such as depression, anxiety disorders or attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Some [...]

5 Ways Meditation Affects Your Brain

By | March 19th, 2015|Categories: Human Brain, Psychology & Health, Uncommon Science|Tags: , , , , , |

From stress reduction to improved attention and memory, meditation is a practice that yields a large number of health benefits. Mediation has slowly been gaining in popularity in recent years, garnering a number of scientific studies to determine the specific effects the practice has on the body. It has been found that meditation and other [...]

Changing Your Mindset and Quitting Addiction

By | July 1st, 2014|Categories: Psychology & Health, Self-Improvement|Tags: , , |

Can you change your response to triggers in your environment? You can consider the number of times you’ve felt anxious, nervous, aroused, or fearful for no apparent reason, but just by looking a sight or smelling a smell, or even thinking about a future scenario in your mind. Its the flow of chemicals inside your mind, triggered by your thoughts, that then govern your mood and mind-set for the rest of the day. And it seems like these thoughts are simply on auto-pilot. Thought proceeds thought proceeds thought, until we get stuck. And in being stuck we feel anger, frustration, sadness or disappointment. But is it a question of changing our environment, thereby avoiding fear and anxiety altogether? Or is it a question of changing our own mindset internally? Or both? Let’s look at addiction for a moment. What’s the best way to quit smoking? Should we remove all traces of cigarettes from our sight, or should we change our own mindset about smoking? […]

What Would Your Life Be Like with No Internet?

By | May 8th, 2013|Categories: Food for thought, Futurism & Technology, Psychology & Health, Uncommon Science|Tags: , , , |

American scientists led by Richard Novatson conducted quite an interesting, but also relevant study which involved 4,000 people (50%-50% of men and women) who were directly connected with the Internet activity, and also spent a lot of time on social networks and other online services. So, the question was: what would you do if Internet access was forbidden in your country? The results surprised the scientists. About 67% of people would […]

What Happens to Our Brain When We Break Up?

By | April 26th, 2013|Categories: Human Brain, Psychology & Health, Uncommon Science|Tags: , , , , |

An unwanted and unexpected separation may entail significant psychological stress. Often people parallel this feeling with a fist in the stomach, or a stab in the heart. Despite the efforts, the help and support of their friendly circle, this feeling proves to be very difficult to fade away, at least in the first few months. In an attempt to understand the subjectivity and universality of the pain of separation, psychologists have focused their research on studying the brain. Edward Smith and his colleagues, having collected a sample of people who had just experienced an unwanted and painful breakup, investigated their brain activity using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) while they were looking at photos of former partners and thinking of the moments they spent together. Afterwards, […]

New Study Explains Why Junk Food Is So Addictive

By | April 17th, 2013|Categories: Human Brain, Psychology & Health, Uncommon Science|Tags: , |

“Once you pop, you just can’t stop” is the motto of a chips brand. And it is not just a slogan; according to scientists it is exactly what happens in reality: you only want to eat one thing, but once you started you can’t stop until you finish the whole bag. A recent study by researchers at FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg explains what happens in our brain that makes it so hard to give up junk food. This phenomenon is called “hedonic hyperphagia” and appears in hundreds of millions of people around the world. […]

Reading between the likes: The perils of social network addiction

By | January 16th, 2013|Categories: Futurism & Technology, Psychology & Health|Tags: , , , |

Social media has become an instrumental device in everyday lives. It is used to keep in contact with friends, search for jobs, download news stories, games and so much more. The devastating impact of some of technology's most renowned sites isn't to be taken lightly. Once upon a time, when an individual was 'bored', they'd [...]

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